Mormon History 1830-1844

Gathering: D&C
Gathering was an early principle, for the protection of the members and to prepare Zion for the return of the Lord.
September [20–26], 1830 BC Book A // D&C 29  
Chicken wings 2 [Jesus Christ] will gather his people even as a hen gathereth her chickens under her wings… BC, Book A, {39–40} // D&C 29
Gather elect 7 [8] And ye are called to bring to pass the gathering of mine elect, ¶ D&C 29:8–9
Gather in one place before tribulation 8 [9] Wherefore the decree hath gone forth from the Father, that they shall be gathered in unto one place, upon the face of this land, to prepare their hearts, and be prepared in all things, against the day when tribulation and desolation are sent forth upon the wicked:  
 
 
December [30], 1830 D&C 37 (Book of Commandments 39 Text)  
Gather in Ohio 3 [4] And again a commandment I give unto the church, that it is expedient in me that they should assemble together at the Ohio, against the time that my servant Oliver Cowdery shall return unto them. Red: added in 1835
 
 
January 2, 1831 D&C 38 (Book of Commandments 40 )  
So you can escape 31 [27] And that ye might escape the power of the enemy, and be gathered unto me a righteous people, without spot and blameless: 7 Enemies
Go to Ohio for my law, power 32 [28] Wherefore, for this cause I gave unto you the commandment, that ye should go to the Ohio: and there I will give unto you my law, and there you shall be endowed with power from on high >, to the Ohio: D&C 37, December [30], 1830.

endowed with power: ¶ D&C 43:14, February [9–23], 1831; ¶ D&C 105:11, June 22, 1834.
Great work in mind 33 and from thence, whomsoever I will shall go forth among all nations, and it shall be told them what they shall do, for I have a great work laid up in store: Turquoise: dropped after 1835
 
 
January 5, 1831 D&C 39 (Book of Commandments 41 Text)  
  15 [14] And inasmuch as my people shall assemble themselves to the Ohio, I have kept in store a blessing such as is not known among the children of men, and it shall be poured forth upon their heads.  
 
 
March [6–7], 1831 D&C 45 (Edward Partridge Text)  
  & the remnant shall be gathered unto this place and then they shall look for me & behold I will come & they shall see me in the clouds of heaven clothed with power & great glory with all the holy angels & he that watches not for me shall be cut off ¶ D&C 45 Sources

¶ D&C 45:43–44
 
 
March [8–13], 1831 D&C 48 (Book of Commandments 51 )  
  5 [5] The place is not yet to be revealed, but after your brethren come from the east there are to be certain men appointed, and to them it shall be given to know the place, or to them it shall be revealed; and they shall be appointed to purchase the lands, and to make a commencement, to lay the foundation of the city;  
  [6] And then shall ye begin to be gathered with your families, every man according to his family, according to his circumstances, and as is appointed to him by the presidency and the bishop and elders of the church, according to the laws and commandments Red: added in 1835
Blue: dropped in 1835
 
 
 
November 3, 1831 D&C 133 (Evening and Morning Star Text)  
You going to Zion, sanctify yourselves 4 Wherefore, prepare ye, prepare ye, O my people; sanctify yourselves; gather ye together, O ye people of my church, upon the land of Zion; all you that have not been commanded to tarry.   "Sanctify yourselves therefore, and be ye holy: for I am the LORD your God." Leviticus 20:7.
Leave Babylon, be clean 5 Go ye out from Babylon. Be ye clean that bear the vessels of the Lord.   "Depart ye, depart ye, go ye out from thence, touch no unclean thing; go ye out of the midst of her; be ye clean, that bear the vessels of the LORD." Isaiah 52:11.
 
 
Leave Babylon 7 … Go ye out of Babylon; gather ye out from among the nations, from the four winds, from one end of heaven to the other.    
Send missionaries to Gentiles, then Jews 8 Send forth the elders of my church unto the nations which are afar off … firstly, first upon the Gentiles, and then upon the Jews.   Turquoise: dropped after 1835
Pink: added after 1835
Say, go to Zion

Build up Zion
9 And behold, and lo, this shall be their cry, and the voice of the Lord unto all people: Go ye forth unto the land of Zion, that the borders of my people may be enlarged, and that her stakes may be strengthened, and that Zion may go forth unto the regions round about.   "Enlarge the place of thy tent, and let them stretch forth the curtains of thine habitations: spare not, lengthen thy cords, and strengthen thy stakes" Isaiah 54:2.
 
 
Flee to Zion 12 Let them, therefore, which who are among the Gentiles flee unto Zion.  
Jews to Jerusalem 13 And let them who be of Judah, flee unto Jerusalem, unto the mountains of the Lord's house.  
Leave Babylon (wickedness) 14 Go ye out from among the nations, even from Babylon, from the midst of wickedness, which is spiritual Babylon.  
Make preparations for going

Don't turn back
15 But verily thus saith the Lord, let not your flight be in haste, but let all things be prepared before you: and he that goeth, let him not look back, lest sudden destruction shall come upon him.   "But his wife looked back from behind him, and she became a pillar of salt." Genesis 19:26.
 
 
People in the north

Melt ice
26 And they who are in the north countries shall come in remembrance before the Lord, and their prophets shall hear his voice, and shall no longer stay themselves, and they shall smite the rocks, and the ice shall flow down at their presence.   ¶ Ezra Booth Letters (1–3)
Highways in oceans 27 And an high way shall be cast up in the midst of the great deep.    
 
 
Year of redemption 52 And now the year of my redeemed is come …  
 
 
Saints resurrected and stand on Mount Zion, New Jerusalem 56 And the graves of the saints shall be opened, and they shall come forth and stand on the right hand of the Lamb, when he shall stand upon mount Zion, and upon the holy city, the New Jerusalem …    
 
 
March [20], 1832 D&C 77  
Elias gathers Israel, restores all 9 … the angel ascending from the east is he to whom is given the seal of the living God over the twelve tribes of Israel; wherefore, he crieth unto the four angels having the everlasting gospel, saying: Hurt not the earth, neither the sea, nor the trees, till we have sealed the servants of our God in their foreheads. And, if you will receive it, this is Elias which was to come to gather together the tribes of Israel and restore all things.  
  10 What time are the things spoken of in this chapter to be accomplished?  
  They are to be accomplished in the sixth thousand years, or the opening of the sixth seal.  
 
 
  14 … it was a mission, and an ordinance, for him to gather the tribes of Israel; behold, this is Elias, who, as it is written, must come and restore all things.  
 
 
December 16, 1833 D&C 101  
Zion is the only gathering place And, behold, there is none other place appointed than that which I have appointed; neither shall there be any other place appointed than that which I have appointed, for the work of the gathering of my saints— ¶ D&C 101:20–21
Until there is no more room, then stakes Until the day cometh when there is found no more room for them; and then I have other places which I will appoint unto them, and they shall be called stakes, for the curtains or the strength of Zion.  
 
 
April 20–21, 1834 New Portage Conference  
  Enroute to a conference in New Portage, Joseph Smith, Sidney Rigdon, Oliver Cowdery, and Zebedee Coltrin: Minutes of April 20–21, 1834 Background
Pray for Joseph, redemption of Zion   … soon retired to the wilderness, where we united in prayer … We called upon the Father in the name of Jesus to go with the breth[r]en who were [77] going up to the land of Zion, to give brother Joseph strength, and wisdom, and understanding sufficient to lead the people of the Lord, and to gather back, and establish the saints upon the land of their inheritances, and organize them according to the will of heaven that they be no more cast down forever.  
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Remnant to gather  

Joseph: In the last days, God will call a remnant to be saved from destruction. Part of the remnant will be from Jerusalem and part from Zion. Desolation will " soon cover the earth," and God wants a "place of deliverance in his remnant, and in Zion, &c."

  Joel 2
Gathering required for redemption  

… without a Zion and a place of deliverance, we must fall, because the time is near when the sun will be darkened, the moon turn to blood, the stars fall from heaven and the earth reel to and fro; then if this is the case, if we are not sanctified and gathered to the places where God has appointed, … we must fall, we cannot stand, we cannot be saved; for God will gather out his saints from the gentiles and then comes desolation or destruction and none can escape except the pure in heart who are gathered, &c. …

   
Gather only where directed   [Sidney] said it was in vain for men in this generation to think of laying up and providing inheritances for their children except they laid it up in the place where deliverance was appointed by the voice of God; for those were to be the days of vengeance ...    
Joseph: destruction if Zion not delivered   [Joseph] then delivererd a short prophecy, that if Zion was not deliverd, the time was near when all of this Church, wherever they might be found would be persecuted and destroyed in like manner.    
  To be continued …  
 
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Second Coming
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